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New CEA Report Finds that SNAP Benefits are Crucial for Families but Sometimes Inadequate

December 08, 2015

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, is the cornerstone of U.S. efforts to alleviate hunger by supplementing the food budgets of low-income households. Last year, SNAP lifted at least 4.7 million people out of poverty—including 2.1 million children. 

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MBDA and Operation HOPE form new Partnership to Support Minority Business Enterprises

December 08, 2015

Recently, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and Operation HOPE signed a memorandum of understanding designed to provide U.S. minority business enterprises (MBEs) with greater opportunities to access technical and financial resources. The official signing took place at the MBDA headquarters in Washington, DC.

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Working Together to Help Americans #GetCovered

December 08, 2015

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s uninsured rate now stands at its lowest level ever. But still, in communities across the country, 10.5 million people who are eligible for Marketplace coverage remain uninsured. In addition to launching the Healthy Communities Challenge to engage key communities in reducing the uninsured during this third Open Enrollment period, the White House also issued a challenge:

Build outreach efforts that can reach these remaining uninsured Americans and help them gain coverage.

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Q&A: What You Need to Know About the Fix to No Child Left Behind

December 07, 2015

Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to fix No Child Left Behind. The Obama administration is calling on the Senate to move the legislation quickly to the President’s desk for him to sign. 

As Secretary Arne Duncan said earlier this week, No Child Left Behind has long been broken. Since the beginning of his time in office, President Obama has joined educators and families calling on Congress to fix this outdated law. 

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American Innovation in Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

December 07, 2015

In 1939, the Futurama exhibit at the New York World’s Fair captured America’s imagination by predicting a future of self-driving cars, navigating America’s highways and winding roads unaided by human intervention. Now, 76 years later, advanced technology has allowed American innovators to start testing cars that bring this vision to life. 

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Majority of Americans Use Multiple Internet-connected Devices, Data Shows

December 07, 2015

Cross blog post by Giulia McHenry, Chief Economist, Office of Policy Analysis and Development, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) 
For many Americans, the days of connecting to the Internet solely through a stationary desktop computer are over. Going online now means shopping on a tablet, using a PlayStation to watch movies, or checking email on a smartphone.

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NOAA Releases Rare Images of U.S. Navy Seaplane Lost in Pearl Harbor Attack 74 Years Ago Today

December 07, 2015

NOAA and University of Hawaii archaeologists released rare images of a U.S. Navy  airplane sunk during the opening minutes of the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on Oahu on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. The attack led to the United States' entry into World War II.

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President Obama Addresses the Nation on Keeping the American People Safe

December 05, 2015

On Sunday, December 6, at 8:00 pm ET, President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office about the steps our government is taking to fulfill his highest priority: Keeping the American people safe.

He will provide an update on the ongoing investigation into the tragic attack in San Bernardino. He will also discuss the broader threat of terrorism -- including the nature of the threat, how it has evolved, and how we will defeat it. 

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Weekly Address: We Will Not Be Terrorized

December 05, 2015

In this week's address, the President offered his condolences to the families and community of the victims of the San Bernardino shooting.   He recognized the possibility that the two attackers may have been radicalized, a reminder to all of us that we need to work together to prevent people from falling victim to attempts by extremist organizations to encourage violence.  The President called on Congress to close the loophole that allows people on the No-Fly list to purchase guns, a simple and logical step that would make it harder for potential terrorists to acquire weapons.  And he

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West Wing Week: 12/04/2015 or, "Fromage!"

December 04, 2015

This week, the President traveled to Paris, France, to speak with world leaders and lead a global effort to confront climate change — as well as partner with the private sector to spur innovative, clean energy growth. And when he got back home, it was time to kick off the holiday season, and the White House was all decked out for the occasion. That's November 27th to December 3rd or, "Fromage!"

Friday, November 27

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